Caroling on horseback, feet and bikes
Ramona Trails Association (RTA): “Proud to represent all non-motorized trail users,” RTA’s mission has been to retain access to and maintain existing non-motorized, multi-use trails in this rural area as well as actively encourage new trail development on public and private lands. RTA members work closely with federal, state and local government agencies as well as numerous other volunteer organizations.
All are welcome at RTA’s next meeting, the group’s Annual Holiday Potluck and Gathering in the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Dec 6 at 6 p.m.
RTA general meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Ramona Community Center. Guest speakers are featured at the meetings, and more information may be found at www.ramonatrails.org. Dates and details about 2009 meetings, events, work parties and rides will be posted by Dec. 15.
For more information, call Terry Hamilton at 789-5185 or email Chairperson@RamonaTrails.org.
Christmas Caroling in the Acres: Join RTA on Dec. 14 as holiday spirit is shared while the group goes house to house in the Acres neighborhood. Participants will be caroling on horseback, on foot or decorated bikes, wearing holiday attire and leading costumed animals from goats to dogs.
Carolers will gather about 1 p.m. and “ride out” at 2. Songsheets will be provided. The ride will last about 1-1/2 hours, with a return to the trailers for hot chocolate and refreshments. Riders are asked to meet on the north side of Route 67 between Kmart and Hope Street, but they should park on Vermont between Kalbaugh and Rotanzi streets.
Ramona Equine Industry Network (REIN): This group strives to ensure the continued presence of the equestrian community in Ramona. For more information, contact Teri Merry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 533-6853
Back Country Horsemen: The purpose of this organization is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in the backcountry and wilderness, to work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, to assist the various government and private agencies in maintenance and management and to educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen and the general public.
San Vicente Saddle Club: Headquartered in San Diego Country Estates at the International Equestrian Center at 16911 Gunn Stage Road, this club is open to everyone who would like to participate. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Rotunda at the center.
With miles of trails, poker rides and horse camps, this club has a lot to offer novice and experienced riders of all ages.
For more information about SVSC and everything it has to offer, interested parties may check www.sanvicentesaddleclub.com or call Randy Macrostie, club president, at 789-7665.
Ramona Vicente Pony Club: Focuses on the interests of the 7-to-25-year-old equestrians. The club provides unmounted and mounted instruction, culminating in recognized certification programs.
Twice monthly meetings are held at alternate locations on the second and third Saturday of the month. One meeting a month is at Copper Meadows near the airport and one is at the International Equestrian Center in San Diego Country Estates.
For more information, contact David Maskall at 788-1955, or see the Web site at www.ramonavicente.ponyclub.org.
Rainbow Riders Equestrian Drill Team: This precision team welcomes new or veteran riders looking to try something different with a horse. Whether a rider wants to socialize, gain experience or simply refine equestrian skills, the Rainbow Riders might be the answer for riders looking for something different. For more information, contact Dottie Pierce at 788-4594 or visit www.rainbowridersdrillteam.com.
Via Del Sol Horsemasters: This is the adult pony club for the “over 25” group. Typically meeting the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., this “low key” club rotates among members’ homes. The diverse but small group varies in meetings and activities.
For more information or for the location of the next meeting, interested riders are encouraged to contact Pat Murphy at 788-0590.
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